The countdown to baby is the best and worst couple of weeks. The fact that you could go into labor at any moment, leaves you so anxious! With Langston being my first baby, I went off of fellow mama blogger posts about what to pack and bring to the hospital. Of course now looking back I can easily say what was a waste of space, and what was good as gold. Not even necessarily what was useful while in the hospital, but the first few weeks as well!
If you have a C section, this should be the number one staple in your hospital bag (no pun intended). With all of those belly muscles that were cut, it was hard to stand up straight. Once I put the belly band on, I was up straight, and walking up and down the stairs with no problem. Life. Saver.
I don't care if you think you'll look like an old lady, you will be thanking me for this. There was no way I could wear anything comfortably that had a waistband, so I invested in some night shirts and fell in love. Nothing sitting on my incision, easy to nurse in, and just plain comfy. Do it.
Ameda Hydrogel Pads
If you plan to breastfeed, you're going to need these. Wear these in your bra in between nursing and feel the relief! Wear them until they start to get cloudy in color, then toss them out and put in a new pair. (Medela also makes a version of these, but they are extremely sticky and I found out the hard way that those are not the ones you want on your sore nipples).
I found my iPhone to be an amazing tool during, and after my pregnancy. I used the BabyBump app while I was pregnant to track how far along I was, and it also had a forum so I could keep in touch with other women due the same month I was. Once baby came, I could easily snap and send pictures to family with one hand, and read books on my Kindle app during those overnight hours when nothing was on TV (and especially in the hospital, since you won't be sleeping).
Moby Baby Wrap
I already had an Ergo, but that's not exactly infant friendly (even with the insert), so I decided to give the Moby a shot. I was also really big into bonding, and figured this was just one more way to bring us closer. Newborn Lang loved it. It keeps baby super snug and close to you, while still letting you get things done around the house. I wish I could have used mine longer, but Langston hit 20 pounds pretty quickly and it just didn't fit so well anymore. If you have a friend willing to let you borrow one - do it!